We stayed at the Otter’s Retreat for a few nights over New Year with friends and it was perfect. Ian and Angela were very welcoming and always on hand to give us useful, local info but they left us alone the rest of the time. The property is the ultimate, cosy getaway for 2 couples, with an open plan area downstairs and two good-sized double ensuites upstairs. All done to a high standard. Plus the view from the kitchen across their little sheep farm, over the fields towards Hanging Rock in the distance is very picturesque. It’s well located with two decent pubs close by. We walked down to the Ship Inn for a warm welcome and good pub grub one night and on another drove less than five mins to the Rose and Crown and had superb food, incl local pheasant. I would also recommend a walk down to the Wincle Brewery Shop where they are v friendly, and I’m reliably informed by my husband that the beer is excellent. The local ice cream shop at Blaze Farm is a worthwhile trip too. Their ice cream is tasty and they have a cute collection of petting animals. There are walks aplenty directly from the cottage and from further afield, plus there’s also Chatsworth House for a grand day out. Do yourself a favour and book this place.